Easter in Hamburg
Easter in Hamburg
There is lots to celebrate during the long Easter weekend: between the blossoming trees and spring flowers, Hamburg abounds with street festivals, markets and delicious food. If you’re lucky, the weather plays along nicely, too. As the first rays of sunlight hit the city, Hamburg residents tend to flock to enjoy the parks, the Alster and terraces en masse - a mesmerising sight.
Every year, Easter rings in a long list of public holidays and street festivals as well as the approaching inner-city summer. There’s lots to celebrate on this extra-long weekend, and many places in Hamburg to do just that.
In Northern Germany, the ancient ritual of Easter bonfires has been practiced for centuries. In parks and on the beaches along the Elbe river, people gather around the pyres to “expel the evil spirits of winter”. Book a trip on a riverboat to see this fascinating view from the water!
A favourite pastime during the Easter weekend is to enjoy at least one opulent brunch with family or friends. The young ones go on an egg hunt while the adults work their way through course after course of delicious food. Many cafes in Hamburg offer a special Easter brunch that should be booked in advance. Try Hotel Hafen Hamburg, Fillet of Soul, Landhaus Walter, Hotel Böttcherhof or one of the many more cafes!
The Spring edition of the enormously famous Hamburg DOM funfair is a must-see on your Easter weekend in Hamburg. The endless array of attractions and food stands that is Hamburg DOM can easily fascinate you and your family for hours on end. From funfair must-haves like cotton candy, rollercoasters and fun houses to German specialties like beer, Bratwurst and Schmalzkuchen pastry, this month-long event is brimful with exciting ways to spend your Easter weekend. We've heard it through the grapevine that you might even run into the Easter Bunny himself!
Hamburg DOM is located conveniently in between tourist magnets like the port, St. Michael’s Church, the St. Pauli football stadium, Schanzenviertel and the Reeperbahn nightlife district. It is open on Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday but will remain closed on Good Friday, as that day is dedicated to contemplation.
The entrance to Hamburg DOM is free!